The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts has announced the appointment of tenor Paul Groves as the artist-in-residence in the LSU School of Music beginning in the 2016 spring semester.
Groves will work with voice students in private coaching and public master classes during the semester, and he will give a public performance on campus each year.
“As one of the world’s leading tenors today, Paul has much to offer our students in terms of singing, languages, acting and the business of opera,” said Todd Queen, dean of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts. “The Baton Rouge community will be very fortunate to see Paul perform on an annual basis.”
Groves studied at LSU under voice professor Robert Grayson. He attracted national attention in 1991 as a winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions.
Groves is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Developmental Program and made his Met debut in 1992 as the Steuermann in “Der fliegende Hollander.” He also performed at the Met as Camille de Rosillon in “The Merry Widow,” opposite Placido Domingo and Frederica von Stade, and as Don Ottavio in nationally televised season opening performances of “Don Giovanni” opposite Bryn Terfel and Renee Fleming.
In 2006, he created the role of Jianli in the world premiere of Tau Don’s “The First Emperor,” which also featured Domingo. He has since performed in the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls.
Groves also has a recording repertoire with more than 80 CDs.